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UNICEF Promotes Breastfeeding Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. promotes ‘effective’ breastfeeding, aims to cut on breast-milk substitutes “The United Nations children’s agency [Monday] said it is working with governments, the private sector, and local communities to make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants, and to end false marketing of breast milk substitutes…”…

Child Malnutrition Robs Africa Of Up To 16% Of Continent’s Potential Growth

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child malnutrition costs Africa its future growth “Poorly fed children rob Africa of up to 16 percent of its potential growth, making investment in programs to end malnutrition as critical to the continent’s future as building bridges and roads, African leaders and development officials said on Monday…”…

Temporary Ceasefire Allows U.N. To Deliver Humanitarian Aid In Gaza

U.N. News Centre: Temporary ceasefire allows U.N. to restock water, food, following another school attack “Amid a seven-hour ceasefire announced by Israel in Gaza, the United Nations and aid partners are restocking supplies in schools and other buildings being used as temporary shelters for the nearly 270,000 displaced people throughout…

U.N. Reports On Impact Of Gaza Conflict On Children

New York Times: U.N. Reports Dire Impact on Children in Gaza Strip “As a 72-hour cease-fire took hold in the Gaza Strip, a United Nations official said Tuesday that Israel’s nearly month-long offensive against Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that runs Gaza, had had a ‘catastrophic and tragic impact’ on…

Syrians In Besieged Areas Receive Food Aid, Says U.N. Agency

U.N. News Centre: Tens of thousands of besieged Syrians receive food aid for first time, U.N. reports “More people in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas of Syria are getting food due to a Security Council resolution approved last month that allows delivery trucks to more easily cross borders and conflict lines,…

U.N. Convenes Emergency Meeting on Ebola

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. health agency to convene emergency meeting on deadly disease “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced [yesterday] that it will convene a two-day meeting of its emergency committee starting [today] to determine whether the current Ebola viral disease outbreak in West Africa is a…

Report Calls For Action To Tackle Childhood Malnutrition

Institute of Development Studies: Report calls for strong public action to fight child and maternal undernutrition “A report launched [Monday] by the Institute of Development Studies and UNICEF calls for effective public action to tackle childhood stunting” (8/5).

South Sudan On Verge Of ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe,’ Says U.N.

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. International Business Times: South Sudan Faces Hunger, Malnutrition And Unending Conflict “South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, is on the verge of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe,’ warned Edmond Mullet, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for peacekeeping…

WHO Reassesses Threat of Polio; Meets With Country Leaders To Evaluate Polio Efforts

Vaccine News Daily: WHO reassesses spread of wild poliovirus as designated international threat “Last week, the World Health Organization met with leaders from Cameroon, Guinea, Pakistan, and Syria to reevaluate the efficiency of efforts to combat the international spread of wild poliovirus…” (Villareal, 8/6).

The Guardian Assesses Reactions To U.N. Working Group’s Final Proposal For SDGs

The Guardian: Will these sustainable development goals do the job? Carla Kweifio-Okai, community coordinator for the Guardian’s Global development site “The U.N. working group responsible for crafting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) has handed down its final proposal, adding a goal to address domestic and global inequality. … The final…